MABM232 Everyday culture and lifestyles in the United States and the UK

Annotation:

The course is an introduction into the problematic sphere of everyday culture and lifestyles in United States of America and Great Britain. Some key concepts are introduced: everyday life, everyday culture, lifestyle, consumer culture, popular culture, mass culture, subcultures, habitus, taste and style, aesthetization, commodification etc. All these are analyzed in a comparative context of British and American culture and their different social strata, each of them having its’ own lifestyle.

• Aims of course:

- to provide knowledge about everyday culture and lifestyles in Great Britain and Unites States of America

- to form competences of academic writing, reading and presenting an essay based on literature

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American and British Studies. Comparative Approaches.

Lecturers:

Assoc. Prof. Evgenia Blagoeva, PhD.

Course Description:

Competencies:

Finishing the course the students will

know:

-characteristic features of everyday culture and lifestyles in USA and UK

-their social varieties and manifestations…………………………………………………………………………………..

can :

prepare and present an essay based on an academic text


Prerequisites:


Types:
Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:
Lecture

Language of teaching:
English

Topics:

  1. Everyday culture, mass culture, consumer culture
  2. Lifestyle and lifestyles
  3. Ritzler on McDonalization
  4. Simmel on fashion
  5. Veblen on conscpicuous consumption
  6. McCracken: consumer rituals
  7. Craft consumption
  8. Market and Markets
  9. Advertising
  10. Eating Out
  11. Tourism
  12. Car cultures in America
  13. Midterm exams

Bibliography:

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Campbell, C. The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumеrism. Oxford, 1987.

Castells, M. City, Class and Power. 1978, London: Edward Arnold

Chatterton, P. and Hollands, R. Urban Nightscapes: Youth Culture, Pleasure Spaces and Corporate Power. 2003, London: Routledge

Cooke, P. Back to the Future: Modernity, Postmodernity and Locality. London, 1990.

Corrigan, P. The Sociology of Consumption. Sage Publications, London, 1997.

de Certeau, M. The Practice and Everyday Life. Berkeley : California University Press, 1984.

Clark, D. B. Consumption and the city, modern and postmodern, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 21(2), 1997, 218-237.

Clark, D.B. The Consumer Society and the Postmodern City. 2003, London: Routledge

Crompton, R. Consumption and class analysis, in Edgell,S., Heatherington,K. and Warde, A. (eds). Consumption Matters: the Production and Experience of Consumption. 1996, Oxford: Blackwell, 110-123

Emerson, R., L. Fast Food - The Endless Shakeout. New York, 1982

Ewen, S. Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of Consumer Culture. New York. 1976

Featherstone, M. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism. London, 1991. Featherstone, M. The body. Social process and cultural theory, 1982, 170-196.

Featherstone, M., Scott Lash and Roland Robertson (eds.) Global Modernities. London, 1995

Featherstone, M. (ed.) Global Culture: Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity. London, 1990

Featherstone, M. and Burrows, R. (eds.) Cyberbodies, Cyberspace and Cyberpunk. London, 1995.

Lury, C. Consuming Cultures. Polity Press, Cambridge, 1996.

Miller, D. Material culture and mass consumption. Oxford: Blackwell, 1987.

Pelto, P.J& Pelto, G.H. Anthropological research : the structure of inquiry. 1978

Slat Bhubha,H.K. The Location of Culture. London, 1994.

Featherstone, M. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism. London, 1991.

er, D. Consumer Culture and Modernity. Polity Press, Cambridge, 1997.